The English curriculum is focused on three core areas: Literature, Language and Literacy. These are the 3 strands from the Australian Curriculum.

Literature: the study of texts in context. The English language - grammar, punctuation, etc.

Language: the study of the English language - grammar, punctuation, etc.

Literacy: practical use of the English language.

English is compulsory for all students in years 7 - 10. Students are enrolled into either the PEP class (Pinnacle Enrichment Program) or a general class.

English aims to develop students' skills in:

  • thinking,
  • reading,
  • writing,
  • speaking,
  • listening, and
  • viewing.

We work to develop an interest in and love of language and literature. We use a range of texts including novels, poetry, short stories, newspapers, advertising material, film and live performances. Students can expect to work independently and in groups; to speak formally and informally for different purposes; to create, analyse and research; and to reflect on life for themselves and for others. They will read widely, write in a range of styles and formats, learn how to use language effectively for different purposes and audiences, and share their ideas and skills with others. Formal essay-writing skills are introduced in Year 7 and developed and refined in later years. Students have the opportunity to enter various writing and speaking competitions, and take part in debating.

EALD (English as an Additional Language or Dialect)

Belconnen High School has an EALD program to support students from a language background other than English. It is run each year based on the needs of students in the school. In 2013 there are two classes organized by ability level, for students who need more language support and a smaller class group. Students with stronger language skills are also able to access tutorial support as needed. EALD aims to provide students with the opportunity to be confident in and competent with English, and to acquire skills to enable them to understand and complete tasks in all subject areas.


SOSE is comprised of three strands at Belconnen High School.  These are: History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship.

History - a study of past societies and peoples, both from Australia and around the World.

Geography - the study of the world as a place in which humans live, and humans affect it.

Civics and Citizenship - the study of government and the ways in which citizens interact with it. What is 'good' citizenship?

Year 7 History: The ancient world

Geography: Water in the World

Civics: Introduction to civics and citizenship

Year 8 History: The Middle Ages and the beginning of the modern world

Geography: Urbanisation and Migration

Year 9 Civics: Australian politics and law

History: Australian politics and law

Year 10 History: World War II, Human Rights

Integrated unit: Globalisation


Years 7 and 8

It is compulsory for all Year 7 and 8 students to study a Language other than English. Belconnen High School students are provided with the opportunity to study the languages and cultures of Indonesia and France.

Years 9 and 10

In Years 9 and 10 French and Indonesian are offered to both beginning and intermediate students as an Elective. Continuing students will have the opportunity to extend their language studies, consolidating their skills and deepening their understanding of the culture.

What can you expect in a language classroom?

Use of the target language by the teacher
Students reading, writing, listening and speaking in the target language.
Language games
Cultural projects
Food cooking and tasting
A variety of activities, both written and oral.
Watching relevant films
Using the internet and other ICT
Dressing up
Role plays
A different point of view

Improve your skills and grades in Maths and English

More and more businesses work closely with companies in other countries. They need different kinds of workers who can communicate in different languages and understand other cultures. Studying a language also helps you to understand your own language and improves your thinking skills and communication skills. One Australian university suggests, "Second-language learners have access to a vast network of international cultural resources in areas such as fashion, design, science, architecture, literature, theatre, cinema, fine arts, music, opera and dance, as well as opportunities to compete for overseas study scholarships."